Patricia M. Anderson
Patricia M. Anderson passed away peacefully October 18, 2012 at the Lake Tahoe home of her youngest daughter, with her children and grandchildren by her side. Patricia was born in Everly, Iowa to Ernest and Mable Breitsprecher on July 18, 1927. After her mother's death, Patricia and her father relocated to El Cajon, CA, where Pat made some lifelong friends. Upon college graduation, Patricia journeyed to Hawaii where she taught school and worked alongside locals as one of the original beach hostesses at the Halekulani Hotel, on Waikiki. One such local, James T. Silvan, swept Patricia off her feet, and the two married. They remained in Hawaii a couple more years, then moved to the Long Beach area when Pat was pregnant with their first child. Pat gave birth to two additional children and continued teaching. Pat believed in the value of education and attended USC and earned her Master's from UCLA while raising a family and teaching full-time. Football games between these two alma maters were always enthusiastically watched. Music was emphasized in the home; the children took music lessons, Jim played his ukulele, xylophone or piano alongside Don Ho, Herb Albert, and other recorded artists and Pat and Jim performed together, with Pat on bass. The Silvan family attended North Long Beach Brethren church where Jim and Pat were active in the Fidelis Sunday School class. More lifelong friends were made through church services and socials. Pat also enjoyed oil painting, reading and square dancing, where she met her second husband, Marvin "Andy" Anderson. After retirement, Patricia and Andy traveled frequently, touring all over the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico. She organized yearly reunions with her El Cajon friends from Junior High and High School. Pat also spent time as a volunteer in the classrooms of her grandchildren, a precinct worker during elections, as a greeter at her church and at the Oasis and Weingart Senior Citizens Centers. Pat remained a strong presence in the lives of her children. She is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her faithful dog. A memorial service celebrating her life and love will be held at Light & Life Christian Fellowship in NLB on Saturday, November 17 at 1 pm. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from November 10 to November 12, 2012